Taking a few weeks or months off your normal work schedule is definitely a luxury considering that most people have permanent jobs. Whether you will enjoy your time or not, depends on how serious you are when planning. While this time may appear to be quite long, it requires adequate planning if you want to have an amazing experience for the entire time.
It’s no secret that most people would want to take an extended trip away from home. If you have been contemplating long-term travel but you feel overwhelmed, this article endeavors to help you in the planning process.
Choose your destinations carefully
When planning for a long-term travel, you need to carefully consider the routes. Basically, creating a budget for a long vacation can be challenging leave alone pushing yourself to stick with it. Normally, people can easily come up with an expenditure plan for a two-week trip since they will be home when the next paycheck arrives and all outstanding balances can be cleared. With an extended vacation, you won’t be home to take care of the credit card bills so you have to be careful.
It is quite important that you prioritize your destinations as well as the activities you want to take part in. Here; you have to do a thorough research in order to identify the most valuable places and things to do. This means that you will have to check the prices online to confirm if they are within your budget. When doing this, don’t shy away from talking to people who have visited the destinations and ask for referrals. This can help you discover a destination you might have overlooked.
Start saving for the vacation
When you are ready for a long-term vacation, it is prudent to start saving right away. The best method is by having at least three different accounts. The first one is for receiving your wages; the second for stashing your emergency fund and the third one will hold the travel funds.
Then, you should determine how much money you will spend for at least a week when you are away. With this figure, you can easily calculate the exact amount that you’ll spend for the entire trip. When you know the exact amount you need, you can now focus on saving your money diligently.
If you are prone to overspending, try to avoid tempting activities like window shopping. In addition, make it a habit to talk to your service providers and ask them if they can lower your monthly payments. At the same time, if you indulge in drinking, try to minimize the intervals.
Search for travel accommodation
When you are looking for places to sleep when traveling, it is always wise to look at various reviews of the hotels. This way, you can avoid unpleasant things like bedbugs. There are also numerous websites that help travelers find the appropriate accommodation. Before you board the plane to your next destination, you should read tons of blogs and forums to know more about accommodation opportunities.
Couch surfing is also something you might want to consider especially if you are on a tight budget. Nevertheless, it is important to put your safety first and you should only accept a couch surfing offer if you are comfortable.
Bills and travel insurance
When traveling for a long time, medical expenses can creep on you. As such, make sure that you have an appropriate insurance. Before you settle for an option, always ensure that the provider offers an adequate cover for the various destinations and activities you are intending to visit.
The more countries you are visiting, the more that chances of contracting various diseases. For instance, Malaria and Zika are serious diseases that you must avoid. Normally, you should stay away from stagnant water, avoid strolling outdoors at dusk as well as ensure you have taken preventive medication. If you are taking vaccinations that your insurer covers, they will definitely take care of the bills.
If you have several recurrent bills, having them automated can be quite helpful. For instance, you had already taken a personal loan, it is very important that you automate the monthly payments. If you fail to do this, you will be amazed by how the debt has increased after the missed payments when you are away. At the same time, you should eliminate any bills that can wreak havoc on your finances when you are away.
Avoid the temptation of over scheduling
When you have a lot of time to travel the world, it’s quite hard to ignore the urge to visit various destinations. If you don’t do this, much of your time will be spent on trains and planes and the experience might not be as rewarding. In the long run, you will burn out which implies that you might have to pause your itinerary.
To have the most of the vacation, always minimize the travel. You can do this by restricting your itinerary to a certain place or country where traveling between destinations isn’t much of a headache.
If you are used to working in your startup or other demanding jobs, disconnecting from your routine can be quite difficult. Nevertheless, it is not impossible only if you are willing to give yourself some time to try. Irrespective of your destination, the tips discussed here can help you make a long vacation quite successful and fulfilling.
Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.